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Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa

It’s important to know the difference between sativa and indica strains, as each strain has a very different effect. Knowing the differences between these two strains can help you decide which one to choose when growing your own medicine or when purchasing it from a dispensary, depending on what your state guidelines are. Read on to learn more about cannabis sativa.

Growing Sativa

The sativa plant, which is better for outdoor growing, is tall, thin and can grow up to 20 feet in a single season. Most varieties grow in the 8 to I2 feet range. Its leaves are narrow and light green, often tinged with purple. Sativas originally come from Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Southeast Asia. Compared to Indica strains, indicas generally yield less but the product is far more potent. Sativa strains have less chlorophyll than indicas, which mean they take much longer to mature than indica strains and require more light. After flowering starts they will be mature in 10 to 16 weeks.

Sativa Buds

The buds from a sativa plant are typically long and thin with flavors and aromas ranging from earthy to sweet and fruity. Buds grown in a cool climate may be tinged slightly purple, but warmer climates will turn the buds dark orange or red.

Effects of Sativa

Sativas have a higher level of THC than indicas, which results in a psychoactive and energetic mind-high. Because sativa strains may cause feelings of alertness and optimism, many patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis during the day. Read more about medical marijuana side effects here.

Popular Sativa Strains

Common sativa strains include: Haze, Trainwreck, K2, Kali Mist White Russian and Kiwi Green.

Talk to your Marijuana Doctor

This information should not replace the advice of your doctor. Ask your doctor which medical marijuana strain is best for your medical condition. If you are in need of a quality medical marijuana doctor, a medical marijuana card, or would like to get medical marijuana in your state, can help. We have licensed doctors in all medical marijuana states. Find a marijuana doctor now.


This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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